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Windows 7: I couldn't delete Windows.old folder.

17 Oct 2011   #1

Windows s7ven
 
 
I couldn't delete Windows.old folder.

I just notice I still have this Windows.old and couldn't delete it. I used disk cleanup already but that didn't do it. I have attached two images to help you guys understand what's going on. Thank you.



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17 Oct 2011   #2

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

You need to checkup the ownership of this folder. Usually the ownership will be with "System" and even as an administrator you can not delete this folder and its contents.

To delete this folder with all it's contents, You have to take ownership of this folder, subfolders and files within as an administrator. Then you have to assign full permissions to "Administrators" to all the items inside this folder.

Then only you can delete this folder.
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17 Oct 2011   #3
TJG

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bits
 
 

The image above said no longer located , might need to reboot.

TJG
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17 Oct 2011   #4
Arc

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Have you tried this ?

Windows.old Folder - Delete
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17 Oct 2011   #5

Windows s7ven
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rraod View Post
You need to checkup the ownership of this folder. Usually the ownership will be with "System" and even as an administrator you can not delete this folder and its contents.

To delete this folder with all it's contents, You have to take ownership of this folder, subfolders and files within as an administrator. Then you have to assign full permissions to "Administrators" to all the items inside this folder.

Then only you can delete this folder.
i will try this later mate, will get back to you about it.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TJG View Post
The image above said no longer located , might need to reboot.

TJG
not a reboot mate,, it's been there for a month now.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Have you tried this ?

Windows.old Folder - Delete
i will try the option 2 and three later,, thanks guys will keep you posted.
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17 Oct 2011   #6

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

No go in disk cleanup, I'm not really sure what that means. Is it listed in disk cleanup and is it checked? The warning does not say you don't have access it says it's not on c:\
I'm I discombobulated or does this make sense.
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17 Oct 2011   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Have you tried this ?

Windows.old Folder - Delete
Actually Arc's suggestion is the correct way (option 1) to delete the Windows.old folder.
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17 Oct 2011   #8

Windows s7ven
 
 

hi guys, i've used disk clean up already,, and didn't do a thing,, and yes,, i cleaned up the system files.. it's strange because i reformat my laptop every 6 months and I always use disk cleanup to delete the windows.old folder, nothing like this happened before.
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17 Oct 2011   #9

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Have you looked at the other two options in that link? Option 3?

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NOTE: This would be a good option to do if OPTION ONE or OPTION TWO was unable to delete your C:\Windows.old folder.
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17 Oct 2011   #10

win7
 
 

what you have done is the just the quick fix solution to getting rid of your problem.

However if you premanantly want to remove the specific drive allocated for the particular OS, then you will need to format the drive and to make it available to your current OS, you will need to consolidate the free available space after format.

Please right click on your My Computer and click on "Manage", go to "Storage" and then choose "Disk Management(LOCAL)". Choose the drive and click format.

You could also do this during start up.
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